UW-Extension: The 4-H slogan of “Learning by Doing” can provide a framework for carefully viewing the effort of 4-H members during the fair. This is true for all 4-H projects, no matter if it’s the exhibits related to large or small animals, cultural arts, or sciences, the young exhibitors spend the majority of their year learning by experimenting with ideas and crafting their projects.
Bill Halfman a UW-Extension Agent talks heat waves and animal health. During heat waves, farmers need to take precautions for their animals to minimize the risk of injury and sickness from prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity.
Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, M.S, is the Racine County UW-Extension Interim Horticulture Educator talks about powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that attacks several different ornamental plants, such as ninebark, lilac and phlox.
“All it takes is a change in weather patterns where it is hotter where we see a drop in production prices,” said Chippewa County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Jerry Clark. “Current prices probably won’t be affected immediately, but looking out 3 or 4 months you could start to see milk prices possibly start to come back up.”
The Portage County University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) office recently reported it has received an increase in calls regarding the Japanese beetle, some callers stating there are thousands of them eating every plant in sight.
The Red Cedar Demonstration Farm in Menomonie is a 155-acre three-parcel farm leased by government and education partners to demonstrate the conservation of natural resources. Collaborators include the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Dunn County Land and Water, University of Wisconsin-Extension and Chippewa Valley Technical College.
While the produce will eventually be consumed, its purpose is for more than just eating: The plants also serve as tools to educate the public about successful gardening. Successful gardening, said UW-Extension horticulture educator Erin LaFaive, is the key to a healthier and cheaper food lifestyle.
The Wisconsin Berry Growers Association, wiberries.org, and the UW Fruit Program, fruit.wisc.edu, list strawberries, raspberries and blueberries as Wisconsin berry crops. Publications on growing these crops in the home garden can be found at the UW-Extension Learning Store, http://learningstore.uwex.edu/.
For berry crops such as raspberries and blueberries, a structural frame or hoop can be built using rebar over the plants and the net can be suspended over the frame. The sides of the net can be pinned to the ground. For horticulture-related questions and advice, contact Brown County UW-Extension’s Horticulture Help Desk.